Ukraine Prosecutors Detain Ally of Billionaire Kolomoyskyy

  • Gennady Korban arrested as part of criminal investigation
  • Korban's Ukrop party says Poroshenko pressuring opponents

Gennady Korban, who ran for the opposition Ukrop party in Kiev mayoral elections this month, has been arrested as part of a criminal investigation, according to Vladyslav Kutsenko, a prosecutor.

Korban was detained by law enforcement in a probe into embezzlement by a gang, Kutsenko said Saturday. Korban served as deputy to billionaire Ihor Kolomoyskyy, when he was governor of the Dnipropetrovsk region.

“The operation is being held now, after the elections, and we reject any political reasons for it,” Kutsenko told reporters in Kiev.

Ukrop denies the accusations made against Korban, it said in a statement, adding that President Petro Poroshenko is putting political pressure on his opponents.

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